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21% of employees quit jobs because they don’t feel valued, research reveals

More than a quarter of British workers (27%) have lied to their bosses when they leave their job – and that figure rises to 40% for younger workers (aged 18 to 34), 36% for LGBT workers, 37% for those from an ethnic minority background and 43 per cent for workers with a long-term health condition.

New research released today by Michael Page also reveals the real reasons workers in the UK quit their jobs – and negative workplace culture, leading to employees feeling excluded, is a major factor.

According to the study of more than 2,000 British workers, one third (32%) leave jobs because they didn’t think they were being paid enough, a fifth (21%) didn’t feel valued in the workplace and 15% said their job negatively impacted their mental health. Not fitting in or feeling included were also cited as a reason for quitting by one in ten (9%).

Sheri Hughes, UK diversity & inclusion director at Michael Page, commented, “It’s evident that organisations are not doing enough to ensure their employees feel valued or included, with so many workers being embarrassed or unwilling to admit the real reason they’re leaving a job.

“Having a distinct inclusion policy in place should be a priority for businesses of all sizes to efficiently attract and retain top talent. We’re on a mission to help companies understand how they can improve these policies and mitigate the risk of losing talented employees.”

A clear policy can help employees feel included and dispel negative or discriminatory attitudes. But according to the study, almost half of workers (45%) said their company did not have a specific policy on inclusion and more than half (58%) said they didn’t think their company prioritises diversity and inclusion.

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